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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 12-04-2012, 05:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm experiencing that problem with my 2004 Speedmaster. I just bought the bike used with 1,650 miles on it, and the tires obviously look like new. My boyfriend rode it and said he couldn't make the bike vibrate. I'm going to take it to the shop and have the wheel balance checked. I just got in from a ride and am more convinced than ever that it is not my imagination; it rattles my teeth. Has anyone else experienced this vibration on a Speedmaster? I love my bike but hate having my teeth rattled.

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Old 12-04-2012, 06:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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This is simple basic stuff...why a dealer cant fix this asap is beyond me. Front wheel vibration at 40-55 mph is wheel balance 98% of the time on a NEW tire. Before I rebalance the wheel, I would break the bead, move the tire on the rim, reinflate and make sure I hear the bead seat. Rebalance the wheel. If this doesnt do it...replace the tire....
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I vote for wheel rim being out of alignment - not true.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:20 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I eventually got the problem sorted out, I posted earlier in this thread with a link to my original postings. Long story short after several trips to the dealer, they eventually replaced the metzelers with Bridgestones, and the problem went away. So I suppose Metzeler had a bad batch of tires for quite some time that went out, either that or they no longer jive with Triumphs. It was frustrating as hell I know that, and I wouldn't put up with it because frankly I think it is a slight safety issue and completely ruins the experience of riding.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:14 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Update on my vibration problem on my 2004 Speedie. I had the front tire balanced and discovered it was 1/2 ounce off, significant for a motorcycle. It still shook, so I took it in and had the front tire replaced. It rides better, but there is still a terrible shake in the motorcycle. It seems to be in the front fork, but it shakes the whole bike - kinda rattles my teeth. It's rather unnerving. Does anyone have a clue what could cause the shaking in my Speedie? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:36 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Does anyone have a clue what could cause the shaking in my Speedie?

Have you checked your steering head stem for any excessive play?
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